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Talk: 'Racialized Attitudes Towards Campus Sexual Assault'

Event Details

March 21, 2018
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Thompson Hall

Room: Rossi Room 919

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

Saida Grundy, assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Boston University, will give a talk titled "Racialized Attitudes Towards Campus Sexual Assault: What Black College Men Tell Us About What We Don’t Know."

Grundy will discuss the way in which many sexual violence prevention efforts on U.S. college campuses have shifted to male-focused prevention efforts. Research and literature have supported this shift by consistently emphasizing that sexual violence is a problem of male attitudes and perpetration. These recent prevention efforts, however, have widely ignored racial variation among men, and have applied a “one size fits all” approach to prevention.

This lecture draws on 64 in-depth interviews with black male college graduates to examine the critical role of race in constructing subjective meanings and understandings of campus sexual violence that are vital to efficacious and inclusive prevention efforts. While a small handful of previous studies have considered race in male perpetration, these studies use race only to tell us which men are perpetrating sexual violence.

Grundy’s talk that race is far more central to college men’s thinking about campus sexual violence, as it both constructs and generates their behaviors, reactions, and ideologies about this issue. Findings reveal that racial attitudes for Black male collegians are generated primarily across three ideological sites: the individual, the group, and the institution.

Grundy’s research has focused on formations and ideologies of gender within the Black middle class and specifically men. Her current book manuscript addresses intersections of race, masculinity, and institutionalization, drawing on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews with graduates of Morehouse College. Grundy’s research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. Light refreshments will be served.


Thompson Hall is located at 620 Hicks Way on the UMass Amherst campus.